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Brotte Chateauneuf-du-Pape Domaine Barville
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Brotte Chateauneuf-du-Pape Domaine Barville 2015

Côtes du Rhône, Rhone Valley, FranceThe 2015 vintage was an excellent one in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Barville opens with spicy black pepper notes and black cherries soaked in garrigue. The attack is silky with more spice and dense red/black fruits that persist across the palate and linger for minutes. You could wait another five years to drink, or you could enjoy it now with a robust piece of roasted or grilled lamb, anything with truffles, or a savoury-stuffed turkey. Domaine Barville is the ancestral name of Laurent Brotte's family estate in Barville. The 15ha southwest facing site is split into seven parcels that sit on two of the best parts of the appellation: clay and pebbles at Pradel and shattered limestone at Beaurenard. The blend undergoes a three-week maceration before the syrah and mourvèdre spend a year-plus in equal parts new French oak, one-year-old and two-year old barrels. The grenache is matured in concrete and 100-year-old oak vats to better preserve the fruit.Tasted: 06 October 2018Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 73.95 private wine stores Producer: Brotte Negociant EleveurDistributors: Mark Anthony Wines and Spirits
Blend: Grenache - Syrah - MourvèdreUPC: 3217661027766